As new technologies arrive and alter our most personal experiences, we are witnessing a transformation in how we connect with one another. Human sexuality, in all of its idiosyncratic expressions, has long been a driver of technological innovation. It is no surprise that the latest high-tech wave is pushing desire into uncharted terrain, expanding human sexuality and stretching the cultural and physical boundaries of how we have sex, and who—or what—we have sex with.
What do these developments mean for therapists, and how will they change the ways in which we engage with and treat clients? Rather than sitting idly by and fearing these new immersive technologies will push people further apart, we can actively learn to use them in ways that foster healthy individual and relational sexuality, and encourage a greater degree of erotic empathy. The focus of this latest sextech transformation is not on what technology can do to us, but what it can do for us—its potential to positively transform our humanity, changing the way we see ourselves and behave as sexual beings.
- Explain and utilize the latest developments sextech
- Describe three clinical examples of how immersive technologies can benefit clients
- Explain what is meant by a sex positive lens to be inclusive of the most recent and future sextech applications
- Discuss and explain the question, “What’s next for sex?”
30 min – Introductions
1 hr – PowerPoint presentation (with handouts) including history of sextech, somatic technology, VR/AR, teledildonics, sex dolls vs. sexbots, AI
85 min – Discussion of immersive technology content creation, sex therapy/education in the adult entertainment market, latest immersive technology pleasure products, and expanding sex positive lens for digisexuals and other nontraditional sextech uses
45 min – Work in triads to discover clinical applications and implications for various sextech prescriptions
20 min – Closing comments and Q & A